Stand still and remember your compass points.

Margaret Silf, “What to do in desolation”, from Inner Compass.


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God… that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God… 

Ephesians 6: 10-20


Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit ye like men, be strong.

1 Corinthians 13


Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

Teresa of Avila


Don’t read the comments.

But if, after reading an article you have found interesting and helpful or beautiful and moving, your eye drifts down and you should accidentally see something vicious, or mean-spirited, or reductive, or withering, don’t lose the will to live!

Stand still, and remember your compass points, as Margaret Silf says.

Remember that there is a Kingdom hidden in the folds of this one, and that it is the only Kingdom that matters, and that in this Kingdom, a land whose citizens are every loving heart, vicious, mean-spirited, reductive, withering assertions have no weight.

What matters, in the end, is not what people say, but what is true.

Stand on the firm ground of that Kingdom, whose very soil is love.



“Nada te turbe…” (“Let nothing disturb you…”) The famous prayer of Teresa of Avila (1515- 1582), written in vernacular Spanish, in her own handwriting. It is often called St Teresa’s Bookmark, because it was found in her prayerbook after her death.

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